Enjoying one good listen after the next!
In an effort to avoid being labeled "a prude" by those who thrive on steamy romantic encounters recounted in all their splendor; I will absolutely vouch for the fact that this is a wonderful, engaging story with fabulous narration. I really enjoyed the 200 year time travel adventure and loved listening to the experiences and perspectives of a 20th century woman who had inadvertently become a resident of Scotland in the 1700's.
That said, after listening to in-depth descriptive narrations of wedding night romance, followed by additional and even more descriptive narrations of newly-wed pleasures and various steamy encounters in the grass and elsewhere, I say "Enough!" We get it! Jamie and Claire were hot for each other! Now get on with the story!
I wanted more of the story. . . since I fully understood the physical attraction of the central characters. What happened next? Would Claire fall in love with him? Would Claire be burned at the stake? Would Jamie evade capture by the redcoats? Could his own clansmen be trusted? Would Claire choose to return to her future life when she learned she could? But answers to those questions unfolded ever so slowly, interlaced with. . .you guessed it. . . steamy descriptions of unabashed physical attraction.
In addition, I have to say that I was baffled by a "modern day" woman accepting a beating from her husband, but maybe that's just me. Domestic violence it was. And there was sadistic homosexual sex mingled into the story line to boot.
This is a great book and I will probably purchase the next book(s) in the series because I think the story itself is amazing and want to find out what happens to Claire and Jaime and Frank. However, I am hoping for a little less time spent on the sexual pleasures and perversions of the cast and characters.
So, call me a prude if you must, but I'm really just an avid historical fiction reader who found much more steamy romance, not to mention sexual violence, than I expected.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This book held my attention from the beginning to the end. The character development was exceptional. The sex was delicious and tastefully done. The story was engaging from the beginning. Davina Porter did a very good job with the reading and with the Scottish accents. I can't think of a book I have enjoyed as much, in recent memory. Can't figure out how I didn't know about it sooner. Onto the next sequel!
I like a trashy novel as much as the next person, but this was tedious. This book is pure romance fiction of the gentlest and rosiest kind. I was midway through part 2, and no real plot had raised its head yet, so I gave up. Perhaps if I had persevered, something exciting would have happened, or at least a corset would have actually been ripped.
I won't be long-winded, but I think that what I have to say might be of some value for those contemplating whether or not to listen to this book. My gripes: I listened for several hours before I was able to get into the story and considered stopping altogether several times. I found that there were too many sappy or romantic stretches that, in my opinion, took away from what really made the novel interesting--the adventures of Claire. I admit that some people might like that though. The book ended in a way that allows it to stand alone, as I didn't feel compelled to continue the series. In that sense, one can read it and stop there if not his/her cup of tea.
Positives--The narrator did a decent job. The writing is excellent and I found myself looking up vocab words left and right...a plus for me, but potentially annoying for an audiobook. I can also see how the novel might appeal to both men and women. The time-traveller's wife is of a similar vein, but I preferred it to this. I won't see the film version because I suspect that too much emphasis was placed on the love story. The same would likely be true of Outlander if it were made into a film.
Overall, it was well-written, but the story didn't draw me in the way many others have. Again, I was not impressed with the sex/romance/passion bits. I don't think I'd recommend it to friends. It was neither a waste of time nor good use of time.
I had high expectations of this book. However the slow slow slow pace of the book was not what I had expected. Yes the 800 pages should have provided sufficient hint that the author might ramble but not to this extent.
I am only up to chapter 2 and I am already struggling to complete it. I would not recommend purchasing this book and wait till someone gives it to you for free
The story never really picked up and kept my interest. I found the characters annoying and the story moved too slowly.
Brigham Young Univ.
This has to be hands down one of my favorite, all-time novels I've ever read. All of the characters are well written and well developed, the plot never lags like in some long books which makes it very hard to put this work down. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Do Not Pass It Up!
If you liked Pillars of the Earth and its sequel, you will love Outlander. I devoured the first, and am now on the 4th installment. I think I'm going to get 5th and 6th books in the series though because the audio books for those are abridged and it was a different narrator. I don't know how anyone could do a better job of narrating than Davina Porter.
This has got to be one of the best novels I have read thus far. I love the time period. Diana makes the characters so real, and she sweeps you away to their time that when danger arises you feel inclined to run or hide with them. I am having a hard time to put down the book but am forced to, but so anxious to start it once again. Thank you, Diana, for this wonderful time you are giving me. I am starting Dragonfly in Amber next and I am confident I will once again get lost in the story. Looking forward to reading the whole series. Thank you, thank you.